How can you catch the biggest catfish?

*         Reeling in the Catfish- Once you hook that cat, you need to get him out of the water and that can be very difficult sometimes. It will help if you move your rod up and down as you’re reeling in the fish. Basically, you need lift up the rod to pull the fish forward and then lower it while reeling in the slack. This takes up the slack and helps to keep the stress off the rod and reel and makes it easier to get the fish up to the boat or shoreline. Once you have him reeled in, use a net to lift him from the water to relieve some of the weight. This will be much easier and safer than trying to pull him all the way in with the fishing rod.

*         Hang Onto Your Fishing Rod- One of the biggest mistakes that many anglers make is laying their fishing rod down when fishing. If you do this and a big catfish (or small one) takes the bait then you will most likely end up chasing it. When the catfish takes the bait they’re going to pull hard and if the rod is not secured, they will take it with them. Many anglers have lost their equipment this way.

Using these tips can help you find, catch and reel in the biggest catfish you can find so you’ll have some amazing stories to tell your grandkids one day.

Take a little time to get prepared before you head out to the water. Go through your gear and make sure you have everything you need and that all of your gear is in good shape. Go through your tackle box and organize everything to make it easier for you to find what you need when you get out on the water.

It’s recommended that you take along a friend or two when you go fishing for that big one. Not only will it be safer but it’ll be a lot more fun sharing your experience with someone else. It’s also important to make sure you know the regulations that govern the lake or river where you’ll be fishing and that you have a valid fishing license before you head out.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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